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Solutia closes sale of its Resins, Additives and Adhesives businesses

Published on 2003-02-07. Author : SpecialChem


Solutia Inc. announced that it closed the sale of its resins, additives and adhesives businesses to UCB S.A. for U.S. $500 million cash.

John C. Hunter, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Solutia said, "We are pleased that we have been able to conclude this sale quickly. Solutia will use the proceeds to substantially pay down debt, which will strengthen our balance sheet and provide us with greater flexibility to deal with future business risk and uncertainty." He added, "This sale allows Solutia to focus on the growth and market penetration opportunities that we are pursuing in our remaining businesses."

The transaction is anticipated to be slightly cash accretive and 7 to 9 cents dilutive to earnings per share in 2003. Upon closing, a modest accounting gain is expected. The company expects approximately $40 million in cash interest savings in 2003.

The agreement includes 10 production sites that make liquid and powder coatings resins, technical resins, additives products and pressure-sensitive adhesives. The resins, additives and adhesives businesses together employ approximately 1,700 individuals in 22 countries and have sales of approximately $560 million for the year ended Dec. 31, 2002.

Source: Solutia Inc.

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